2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800 – First Look
Two new road-going variants added to the line-up
Suzuki has officially announced what we confirmed back in June – it’s adding more road-focused models to its V-Strom 800 lineup. Suzuki now offers four V-Stroms: the 800DE, 800DE Adventure, 800, and 800 Touring. The two new models follow suit with what we have seen in the 1050 line for some time.
Changes from the DE models include a 19/17-inch cast tubeless wheel combo. That smaller front wheel is held up by a new non-adjustable Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) optimized for road and light off-road use. Likewise, a new Showa linkage-type shock has been fitted and allows adjustment for rebound and a handy knob for quick preload adjustments. Suspension travel has been reduced by 2.8 inches to 5.9 front and rear and, as you might expect, ground clearance is also reduced by 1.4 inches.
The entire bike is more compact, too considering its length and width. At 59.6 inches, the wheelbase is 2.2 inches shorter, rake has been reduced from 28° on the DE to 26°, and trail has increased by 0.4 inches. All of that and a 15-pound weight reduction should lend toward sportier character on the tarmac. A reduction in seat height by 1.2 inches should also make those short of inseam happy.
The fork supports two radially mounted Nissin four-piston brake calipers that grasp a pair of 310mm stainless steel brake rotors. That’s a bit of an upgrade from the rubber lines and two-piston calipers on the 800DE – an upgrade that we felt it could use during our time with the bike last February. The front calipers and the rear caliper (and its 260mm rotor) are monitored by a switchable ABS system. The ABS system offers a choice of two different settings the rider may choose for differing road conditions. The ABS system’s mode 1 provides minimal anti-lock brake intervention, while mode 2 provides more anti-lock brake intervention.
The Touring variant gets a couple of items from the accessory catalog including a 35-liter plastic top case that is said to swallow most full-face helmets and hand guards. Its Glass Sparkle Black paint is also specific to the Touring model.
What hasn’t changed is the 776cc DOHC engine with its 270-degree crank, 84mm by 70mm bore and stroke, and 12.8:1 compression ratio which Suzuki says translates to 84 hp at 8,500 rpm and 57.5 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm. The frame and subframe are also carried over. The fuel tank remains at 5.3-gallons as well.
Like the V-Strom 800DE, a full-color, 5-inch TFT LCD display provides the rider access and on-the-fly control over the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) suite of electronics that include the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector, the Suzuki Traction Control System*, and Suzuki’s Bi-Directional Quick Shift system.
The V-Strom 800 is offered in Metallic Matte Steel Green with an MSRP of $9,899 while the Glass Sparkle Black Touring variant rings up for $10,499. These new models should hit dealership showrooms in Spring.
2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800
776cc Four-stroke, DOHC, two-cylinder, liquid-cooled
Bore x stroke
84.0mm x 70.0mm
12.8 : 1
Forced feed circulation, Wet sump
Six-speed constant mesh
Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Rake / trail
26° / 124mm (4.9in.)
Twin Nissin four-piston calipers, Twin 310mm discs
Nissin single-piston caliper, 260mm disc
110/80R19M/C 59V tubeless type
150/70R17M/C 69V tubeless type
Electronic ignition (transistorised)
Fuel tank capacity
Curb Weight (claimed)
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